BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Four Bulldogs hit double figures to help Union College halt its three-game losing streak with a 79-70 victory over visiting Covenant (Ga.) College Wednesday.
Union improves to 9-10 overall, while Covenant falls to 3-10 on the year.
Newcomer Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) had a solid, all-around game with a team-high 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) chipped in 14 points with Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) and Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) helping out with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs burned the nets in the first half to seize control of the game. Union connected on 15-fo-21 shots (71.4 percent) in the opening period in building a 44-33 halftime lead. Down 18-17 at the 10:43 mark, Union used a 15-4 rally to grab a 32-22 advantage with 6:46 to go.
Union led by as much as 13 in the first half en route to the 44-33 halftime margin.
Covenant never really threatened in the second half although the Scots cut the margin to seven four times. Yet, Union maintained a double-digit lead for much of the final 20 minutes, leading by as much as 71-56 on its way to the nine-point victory.
The Bulldogs finished the game making 55.8 percent (24-of-43 shots) of their shots from the field and went 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range. Conversely, Covenant made 44.8 percent (30-of-67 shots) of its shots.
Union netted nearly a third of its points at the foul line as it made 25-of-35 free throws (71.4 percent). That dwarfed the Scots' output at the foul line as they attempted just four free throws, making three.
Callum Sears paced Covenant with 17 points, while Zarome Lackey followed with 16. Damien Chaney recorded 14 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds, and C.J. Robinson knocked in 10 points.
The Bulldogs return to Appalachian Athletic Conference play Saturday when they pay Montreat (N.C.) College a visit. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.